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Cache server

(also cache engine)

Cache server definition

A cache server is a dedicated server that stores web content, like websites, images, videos, and web pages, in a local area network. This makes the web content readily available for end users because all of the data that is used to load and display the content is deployed locally rather than from the origin server, which could be miles away. Additionally, cache servers make web browsing, software updates, and other services over the Internet faster. With cache servers, previously requested information is stored temporarily, which improves the performance of websites because they decrease bandwidth usage and website loading speeds. This also makes it possible for users to access content offline.

See also: caching proxy, load balancer

Cache server use cases

  • Enterprises can use cache servers to save bandwidth and improve the speed of their internal network.
  • International companies can benefit from cache servers because they will enable them to provide a better user experience, faster loading times, and minimal latency issues to customers around the world, no matter how far they are from the company’s headquarters.
  • Cache servers can act as proxy servers, which will intercept and manage outgoing Internet requests and screen all incoming traffic. Additionally, they can help match incoming messages with outgoing requests, making it possible for the cache server to store files it received and deploy them quickly if the users want to access them again later on.